Jackman returns this July as Wolverine in The Wolverine, watch the trailer below:
Hugh Jackman spoke recently about his upcoming projects. Here’s what he had to say about his return to the “X-Men” movie franchise and his character Wolverine, the metal-clawed mutant persona that has been the signature role of his Hollywood career.
I remember coming by your office back in the summer of 2009, and you were already talking about your hopes of making a movie out of Marvel’s 1982 “Wolverine” miniseries, the classic by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. And now you’re doing just that — and with director Darren Aronofsky, of all people. You must be thrilled.
I’m really, really pumped about it. I feel like all the planets are finally aligned to make a great movie. We finally have the character and with this mythology — ever since (the 2000 Bryan Singer film) “X-Men,” when I was kind of hanging around and reading all these comics, because I was cast before I ever read any X-Men comics, so I was trying to get my hands on everything. I remember saying to (producer) Lauren Shuler Donner, “Lauren, I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen this Japanese story, and I think it’s so good. It’s just genius, it’s brilliant.” And we kind of always talked about it from there on. I sort of even wanted to do that in the third X-Men movie at first, but we thought, no, we really need to establish who he is at first, and we did that (with “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), and now this is sort of the cherry on top, to finally do it and have Darren Aronofsky direct it. I love his gung-ho attitude toward it and great vision. Straight off, it’s not a sequel, it’s a stand-alone, and I think we’re going to make one that people will describe as the best of the bunch.
With that revered source material and the director of “Black Swan” and “The Wrestler” — not to mention a script by Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote “The Usual Suspects” — the expectations are going to be pretty high for this one.
Right, absolutely, and Chris McQuarrie has done a script that is just phenomenal. I read a story once that said that he wrote “The Usual Suspects” in 15 days, and with this one he said to me, “I just knew what I wanted, and it came out real easy.” And he’s done an unbelievable job with it, and with Darren it’s just really exciting. I’m as excited as anybody to see what we come up with. I know we’re going to be met with huge expectations. The expectations will be high, but he’s one of the great filmmakers out there. I worked with him before (on “The Fountain”), and I knew as soon as I met him that he should be doing movies like this. He’s been looking a long time, and I’ve asked him to do other ones, and this time it worked out. I’m beyond thrilled.
Are you going to have to go back to that intense diet, eating whole chickens so you can get that muscle mass back up?
I’m on it right now, mate, already doing it. It’s 6,000 calories a day, it’s rough.
In the comics, Wolverine is quite short and almost hunched over at times, a sort of feral posture, and he’s bulky up high — he’s like the nasty bulldog of superheroes.
Yeah, he’s thick and it’s chunky and it’s powerful. I always think of Mike Tyson when he first came on the scene. Sometimes, he was a full foot shorter than his opponents and bent over (with this) massive build. There’s real power. You said bulldog, and that’s it exactly. Exactly.
By Uncle Creepy
The fact that the Guillermo del Toro helmed film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness is becoming a reality makes us giddy beyond words. With casting in full swing offers have gone out to some interesting bits of talent.
According to IndieWire scheduling conflicts may prevent first choice Tom Cruise from starring in the film. They also report that James McAvoy (Wanted, X-Men: First Class) was offered the exact role and to date neither actor has accepted. They better hurry though because the site goes on to reveal that offers are allegedly out to Liam Neeson (Unknown, After.Life), Ron Perlman (Season of the Witch, Hellboy) and Hugh Jackman (Van Helsing, Wolverine). Again, these are just offers so take that with a grain of salt. Still interesting choices though.
The 1931 tale is deliberately told and increasingly chilling recollection of an Antarctic expedition’s uncanny discoveries and their encounter with untold menace in the ruins of a lost civilization is a milestone of macabre literature.
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Hugh Jackman says his new movie Butter is an “irreverent, hilarious satire”.
The actor plays Boyd Bolton in the upcoming movie, which is about a butter-carving competition in Iowa. Boyd is the ex-boyfriend of Jennifer Garner’s character Laura Pickler, who is obsessed with the competition.
Hugh was drawn to the movie because it made him laugh so much, even though his character is not the most pleasant in the movie. “Boyd Bolton runs the big car dealership in town. He was the boyfriend in high school of Laura Pickler, and in our story he briefly comes back into her life because she realises he can do something for her, or will, that no one else would,” he explained to ET Online. “The way we worked it out is that he was dumped. They were prom king and queen at school, everyone knew them, and she dumped him. Even though he’s now married and has kids, the moment she turns up on his doorstep he drops them all. It’s like, ‘Thank you God, I have a second chance.’ If you like Little Miss Sunshine or Fargo, if you like those kind of irreverent, hilarious satires, you’re going to love Butter.”
Jennifer is also proud of the film, which is slated for release next year. The actress explained she has always enjoyed movies which cover topics she knows nothing about, but feature characters she can relate to.
Laura’s husband Bob, played by Ty Burrell, is a champion butter-carver, and she sees it as the way to improve their life. When he decides to change careers, Laura finds it hard to cope.
“He decides, without telling her, that he’s going to give up butter carving and become a judge and it makes her crazy because she had no control over it and her whole life has changed at the drop of a hat,” Jennifer explained. “She’s grasping at straws trying to safe herself.”
It’s not quite finished but there’s a new layout here at Hugh-Jackman.com, hope you like it – I’m a bit rusty! It features images from Hugh’s L’Uomo Vogue shoot from last year.
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